A “pala pala” is a small structure in Chamorro culture that is used as shelter from the sun and rain. There is usually one on a farm or ranch, and after working all day, people come in for lunch to share conversations and laughs. “Under the Pala Pala” is a video series that brings together Indigenous ocean advocates to discuss front-line conservation efforts across the United States.
The final episode of Season 1 explores the theme of allyship through interviews with three individuals who have been working closely with Indigenous communities to designate marine-protected areas. Dr. Lauren Divine from the Aleut Community of Saint Paul Island; P.J. Webb with the Northern Chumash Tribal Council; and Laurie Peterka with the Friends of the Mariana Trench talk about their experiences as Indigenous allies and how others can support Indigenous-led conservation efforts.